Authorities on Wednesday arrested two East Baton Rouge Parish Public Works Department employees accused of stealing $1,200 worth of limestone from their department.
Officers arrested Donald R. Moore, 53, and Kevin K. Coleman, 52, for helping load a truck with parish-owned limestone and selling it to a local business, said Lt. Jonathan Dunnam, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
A warrant was issued for a third Department of Public Works employee, Keith D. Harrison, 32, Dunnam said in a news release.
Harrison drove a parish-owned dump truck to drop off the limestone but did not put the bed of the truck down when he left the business, causing damage to multiple power lines and utility poles, Dunnam said.
Police responded to the scene of the damage and learned that Harrison did not have authorization to use the parish-owned truck or dump the limestone at the business, which led to investigators becoming involved.
Detectives determined that Moore and Coleman were involved with Harrison in the loading and distribution of several loads of limestone to the business in exchange for a check and cash totaling $800, Dunnam said.
Moore, 24947 Eubanks Road, Baton Rouge, and Coleman, 1640 Fountain Drive, Baton Rouge, were booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on counts of felony theft.
Anyone with information on Harrison’s whereabouts may call the Baton Rouge Police Auto Theft Division at (225) 389-5332 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.